Director Oliver Stone has claimed that the DNC hack is not a Russian-led conspiracy but an "inside job". The filmmaker made the allegation during an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour last Tuesday night.
“What do you make of the use of Russia in this election, including Russia being accused and suspected of hacking in to the American political system and potentially subverting the election process in the United States?” Amanpour asked the director, to which he replied, “I think it’s a great fiction. It serves a purpose to disguise what’s really going on.”
Stone, who is known for tackling political topics with his movies, then went to explain that “the intelligence experts that I’ve talked to have indicated to me that it’s probably an inside job,” he said.
Amanpour then asked, "An inside job from where?"
“From the Democrats, from someone who’s worked at the Committee, or somebody who knows about...” he answered. A surprised Amanpour exclaimed, "hacking themselves?!" Stone simply responded by saying that he “can’t go into all that information. But the point is, haven’t we missed the contents of what’s been revealed?”
"Officials resigned from the DNC, very important people, including the President and the treasurer, there was solid information there that should be investigated, including the murder of a young staffer, who was killed around that time, who was investigating some of the abuses made to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting a fair voice in this election," he said.
Amanpour, though, had to cut him off, as they had only a limited time. She went on to say that she wished she could talk more about the topic since she has not heard about a murder of a young staffer.
It is not only Stone who has asserted that the Russians are not to blame for the act. Earlier, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, which released the thousands of DNC e-mails from the hack, had said that:
“There are claims that, in the meta data, someone has done a document in a PDF conversion and that, in some cases the language used in the documents is Russian, and therefore the computer that was used for that conversion was Russian,” he said during an interview with Russia Today. “That is the circumstantial evidence that some Russian, or someone who wanted to make them look like a Russian, was involved, with these other media organizations. That is not the case for the material that we released.”